A social media war over the weekend broke out between Kyadondo East MP Bobi Wine’s wife, Barbie Kyagulanyi and fashion designer Sylvia Owori.
Barbara Itungo is an Author, Executive director Ghetto President Reality TV show, Incharge One Love Beach Busaabala and Founder Caring hearts Uganda.
Owori, on the other hand, is a fashion designer, businesswoman, entrepreneur and Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Zipa Modeling Agency, a company that she founded and owns.
She is reported to be one of the wealthiest individuals in Uganda, the third-largest economy in the East African Community.
She is an assistant to Lt General Charles Angina, Operation Wealth Creation [OWC] programme’s deputy chief coordinator, where she is accused of masterminding endless intrigues.
The quarrel started after Barbie shared with her followers the fact that she was honoured to attend the very first Geopolitics conference organised by the French embassy and held at Makerere University.
“Myself, together with H.E Malac Deborah (American ambassador to Uganda) D.r Maggie Kigozi, H.E Stephanie Rivoal (French Ambassador to Uganda) Hon. Winnie Kiiza and Sarah Sali (Dean school of women and gender studies MUK) sat on the same panel to discuss the meaning of the word POWERFUL WOMEN,” Barbie said.
She added: “Our discussion was wide but I carried some questions along and I would like to pick your thoughts on these topics. Do you think men are intimidated by women in leadership positions? Where Do you think we stand today in the struggle for women empowerment and gender equality? Are women coming out to take on the platforms availed to them in the leadership arena? Who in your opinion represents a strong woman?”
She then thanked the French Embassy for inviting her, calling it a humbling gesture.
Owori loses temper
In what many have already termed the most breath-taking malicious and jealous act, Sylvia Owori attacked Barbie thus:
“I am a little confused here. Are you one of the most powerful inspirational women in Uganda??? There are over 1000 women who should have rightfully been on that panel discussing Women issues.”
She went on in a personal tone: “Let us not mix politics with meritocracy.”
Barbie first allowed her fans to feast on Owori like she was some rare game meat.
She then responded: “Sylvia Owori, Am I one of the most powerful inspirational women in Uganda? OH YES I AM ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN UGANDA HAS EVER HAD and you are an inspiration too Mama.”
She added: “I hope they invite you next time because I know you would fit on this panel just like a Million other Inspirational women out here.”
Fans feast on Owori
Leo Allan Rakôw: Sylvia Owori, Well they chose her for a suitable candidate in this case her opinions on the forum obviously mattered most; why do u think you’re not among those 1000 sample size to be chosen from? Just let it sink you’ll be fine with time…
Sarajoy Bakanansa: Sylvia Owori The fact that you are not on the panel then you are not influential. Take a back sit and let Barbie shine. She is married to the most influential man in Uganda today and automatically with her wisdom she deserves to sit on that panel
Suzan Salt: Sylvia Owori your days are long gone, how influential are you yoself. you were once influential in wat we all know which was selling young naive girls to older men because of money under your defunct zipper blah blah. why are yu hell bent on attacking the younger generation that is more useful than you were??Yes she deserved to be there and she was on the panel. #kikulume
Richard Ssetumba: Bano ba sylvia Owori they are used on chasing big rich dicks around town that’s y she’s wondering y Barbie is where she is now.
Prisca Tunde: Look who is talking. To think that we forgot you had a baby my colour in a Per Munk Nielson a white and you stand here judging who should be on which platform leaves alot to be desired. You were/are a slut who sold yourself and all Miss Uganda contestants to anyone that could afford, what makes you think you have a right to question who represents what? please first sort out Seya and give him his son then come back here otherwise sit yo old ass down!!!
Mark Mukiibi Farouk: Jealous Has Always Been The Mother Of Envy…People Like Sylvia Owori Are Always Envious Of What They Cannot Do!!!!
Patricia Ssewungu: Questioning Barbie’s presence on the panel is like telling the organisers that they didnt know who they needed. That is both rude & ignorant of you Miss Owori. A host has a right to choose his or her guest- basic etiquette. Dont mix politics as well as meritocracy with the study of the effects of geography on politics and international relations(Geopolitics). Presently, she has the “global” following to have an effect women’s lives.
If Mrs Barbara Itungo was invited by the French embassy, then they saw her befitting to be part of the panel. She is educated, a mother, an entrepreneur above all engages in community development with the impoverished. Most importantly she is a wife to an honourable member of parliament who is also an entertainer yet balances it all.
These invites aren’t about western accents and whose back a particular woman has ridden on or where one has travelled or which famous men she has dated. It is about women of substance. Barbie is a classy woman of substance who has stayed calm in the eye of the storm. Class cannot be bought. It is simply one’s elegance and poise.